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WinStar Racing draft dominates Keeneland

HORSES from the WinStar Racing consignment dominated the ninth session of the Keeneland November Sale in Kentucky on Tuesday, accounting for seven of the top ten prices.

Funny Sunny, a two-year-old daughter from the first crop of WinStar stallion Sharp Humor, topped proceedings when selling to Whisper Hill Farm for $380,000. The filly, who is from the family of Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer, made an impressive winning debut last month at Hoosier Park.

"She's very well balanced, very level headed and alert," said Amanda Pope, owner of Whisper Hill Farm, who plans to send Funny Sunny to trainer Bob Hess. "We like our horses to be very well mannered, very smart about what they're doing. We think that goes a long way on the racetrack."

Sharp Humor was also responsible for the second dearest horse of the day, Glint, who sold to Nebraska-based owners Kevin and Tammie Hulse for $340,000.

Bought back by the operation for $32,000 as a yearling, Glint has won both his career starts including the Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes at Presque Isle Downs in late September.

With 32 horses selling for a total of $2,708,000, the WinStar Racing consignment accounted for 47 per cent of Tuesday's aggregate. Betweenthem, they averaged $73,189, far above the day's overall figure of $22,681.

Elliott Walden, CEO and President of WinStar, was delighted with how the farm'shorses were received. He said: "We've worked the past several years to make this sale a success, and Keeneland has been very accommodating.

"At first, I think it was met with a little skepticism about whether it would work. But we had a lot of interest (this year). We had over 900 shows yesterday with 40 horses, so it means each horse averaged 50 shows. It's been very active. I think the closer people get to the racehorse market the more comfortable they feel spending money right now."

Overall, the day saw 250 horses sell for a total of $5,670,200, down 18 per cent from last year. The average dropped 14 per cent to $22,681 while the median fell 22 per cent to $10,000. The clearance rate was 85 per cent.




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